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Practical Horticulture Level 1

Learn how to garden and grow edible crops whilst gaining a qualification to start your career in horticulture.

This course will empower you with knowledge and skills, enabling you to develop and achieve a good understanding of what it takes to be a professional gardener. Some of the topics you will learn about may include:

  • Understanding your soil and ways to improve it.
  • Identifying weeds – removal techniques and learning ways to control them
  • Identifying soil type – ways to improve your soil structure
  • Plants – gain knowledge of seasonal annuals and perennials to grow at home and understanding timings for harvesting your crops.
  • Pests and diseases – identification and control methods
  • Planning the garden – working with nature to create harmony
  • Composting – turning waste into green compost

It is expected that students will complete homework outside of the class times. 

Entry Requirements

  • Commitment to the full duration of the course is required.  
  • There are no entry requirements however you will need to have an initial assessment to ensure that you are on the correct course. 


You will need to bring a packed lunch and suitable outdoor clothing e.g. a hat to protect from sun or cold, a pair of gardening gloves and sturdy footwear.  

Further Study

  • Practical Horticulture Skills Level 2 
  • Apprenticeship in Horticulture or Landscaping   


  • Volunteering in the community 

Part-time courses are term-time only.
See our term dates for further information.

Did you know that some of our courses are free if you earn less than £20,319 (£23,400 if you live in West Yorkshire, difference in qualifying earning amounts is due to local authority funding regulations).

Distance Learning call 01756 693 800 or email

Courses in the community call 01756 693 800 or email

All other Part-time courses call 01756 693 309 or email

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